unhinged

adjective
un·​hinged | \ ˌən-ˈhinjd How to pronounce unhinged (audio) \

Definition of unhinged

: highly disturbed, unstable, or distraught attacked by an unhinged extremist Somewhere along the way, her pursuit of a hot guy turned into unhinged obsession.Cosmopolitan "Is this a new brand of humour? Or is your brain really unhinged?" inquired Tommy.— Agatha Christie — see also unhinge

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Examples of unhinged in a Sentence

destined to become one of the nation's most notorious serial killers, he apparently became unhinged as a result of being abandoned as a young teen
Recent Examples on the Web As their unofficial magnum opus, the album amplified their already-unhinged sound to unheard-of new levels, while simultaneously ushering in pop-adjacent, approachable melodies that were never on previous projects. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "40 of the Best Songs from the 2000s," 30 Apr. 2021 For several months, Jimmy Kimmel has been poking fun at Mike Lindell for his conspiracy theories and unhinged tv appearances. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "MyPillow exec Mike Lindell defends himself during appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'," 29 Apr. 2021 In Bridesmaids, one of the funniest one-offs centers on Mumolo, who plays an unhinged seatmate with a fear of flying to match that of Wiig’s character. Shannon Carlin, Vulture, "A Decade Later, Bridesmaids’ Supporting Players Deserve Their Flowers," 28 Apr. 2021 When an unhinged person decides to harass someone or some kid for simply wearing a mask, remember Tucker’s words. Mark Joyella, Forbes, "CNN’s John Berman Responds To Tucker Carlson’s Anti-Mask Segment: ‘This Isn’t A Game’," 27 Apr. 2021 The vast majority of my personal acquaintances are non-runners, in the sense that, for them, anything beyond occasionally doing a light jog or taking part in a Thanksgiving 5K is a clear sign of unhinged fanaticism. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The Barkley Marathons and the Allure of Discomfort," 23 Apr. 2021 By the last few episodes, John Walker becomes totally unhinged. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "All Your Falcon and the Winter Soldier Finale Questions, Answered," 23 Apr. 2021 In 1977, Finch won for his unhinged portrayal of TV news anchor Howard Beale in the darkly satirical (and sadly prescient) Network. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Everyone who has won a posthumous Oscar," 20 Apr. 2021 Police accepted Winger’s horrifying story of a home invasion by an unhinged man and quickly closed the case. Mike Repplier, ABC News, "Mom helps kids of imprisoned parents after her husband was convicted of murder," 16 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of unhinged

1652, in the meaning defined above

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3 May 2021

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“Unhinged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhinged. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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